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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 16 April 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 224247
OS Grid Reference: TG3642528670
OS Grid Coordinates: 636425, 328670
Latitude/Longitude: 52.8037, 1.5061
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EAST RUSTON STALHAM ROAD
iG 32 NE
7/32 Church of St. Mary
Redundant parish church. C14, remodelled C15, north aisle removed 1778,
chancel restored 1887, font restored 1884, tower restored 1985-86. Flint
with ashlar dressings and some brick. Pantiled nave roof, lead south aisle
and chancel. 3 stage west tower with angle buttresses. Blocked cusped ground
floor light. Above string course a further blocked window. Cusped lancets
to ringing chamber, that to north blocked. 2-light cusped belfry windows
with central mullions removed. Crenellated parapet. West window of south
aisle blocked, was 2-light ogeed of c.1340. Aisle with angle corner
buttresses, stepped buttresses to flanks. Gabled south porch with diagonal
buttresses. Wave moulded archway below ogeed statuary niche. Porch bites
into earlier nave buttress. 3 3-light Perpendicular aisle windows. under
depressed arches and one 2-light Y traceried window, the former C15, the
latter C18. String course runs below windows and round buttresses. 3-light
C15 east window to aisle under pointed arch. 2 2-light south chancel windows
separated by stepped buttress. Diagonal east buttresses. 5-light cusped
intersecting chancel east window. North chancel wall with one stepped
buttress and one window blocked with brick. Brick north nave wall supported
by stepped buttresses, all of 1778, reusing 3 C15 Perpendicular arched
windows. Interior. 5 bay south arcade of octagonal piers on moulded
polygonal bases and with similar capitals. Double chamfered arches. Low
tower arch. Double chamfered chancel arch contemporary with and identical
to nave arcade details. Slightly barrelled boarded and plastered nave roof.
Unpretentious south aisle roof of principals and one tier butt purlins. South
aisle chapel boasts 2 steps up to a pedestal and a cusped piscina. Chancel
screen of 2 bays right and left of arched opening. Traceried dado panels
with paintings of Angels and St. Gregory, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and
St. Gerome. Arched tracery panels above are multiply cusped and carried on
moulded and painted muntins. On the east side the inner muntins bear carved
lions. Chancel roof retains 2 C15 bays : ties on arched braces and 3 tiers
butt purlins, all relocated 1887 to form flat roof and boarded above tie
beams. Cusped piscina in south chancel wall. Octagonal C15 font altered
in 1884 restoration. Traceried stem with demons at foot and angel heads at
top supporting bowl. Bowl with heads and symbols of 4 Evangelists.
Listing NGR: TG3642528670
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Source: English Heritage
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